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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in High Pressure studies in the fields of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Rochester

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) at the University of Rochester invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Earth and Planetary Sciences. We seek applicants whose research lies in the general field of high-pressure experimental research, specifically those who apply novel and emerging techniques to investigate the material properties of deep interiors of Earth and other planets in the solar system and beyond. We are seeking candidates with expertise in mineral physics, and/or materials science that are relevant to planetary processes using techniques such as, but not limited to, diamond anvil and/or multi-anvil cells. Areas of interest also include the rheology of materials deep within the Earth and other planets, thermodynamics/isotope systematics under extreme P-T conditions, computational mineral physics, and planetary seismology. We especially encourage candidates who have strong research interests that overlap with existing capabilities and strengths at the University of Rochester in our department and others (i.e. Laser Laboratory for Energetics, Data Science, Physics and Astronomy, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Institute of Optics). We encourage applicants to look into the university's strategic planto demonstrate connections with the existing centers.

The expected start date of the position is July 1, 2024. We are interested in dynamic researchers and educators who can establish an externally funded, internationally recognized research program. Please see for more information about the EES Department. The University of Rochester is a highly ranked research university, and the Rochester area's cultural, educational, and recreational assets frequently place it among the best places to live, work, and raise a family in the United States.

Applicants should submit materials via Materials include a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching goals, a statement of your commitment to advancing equity and fostering an inclusive and diverse community in academia, and the names and contact information of three people who agreed to provide a letter of reference. The formal review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions regarding this position, please contact Miki Nakajima ( and Tolulope Olugboji (


Paleomagnetic Research Lab Scientist

The Scientist will prepare samples utilizing facilities at the University of Rochester (UR) and other laboratories to undertake microscope and magnetic analyses of samples using equipment such as a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), and other analysis equipment in the Paleomagnetic Research Lab. The Scientist will heavily use electron and light microscopes and preparation devices, magnetic sample preparation and concentration devices. The Scientist will also work with student researchers and provide training in sample preparation and device usage as needed. A typical breakdown of effort follows, but during initial employment, more time will be devoted to sample preparation.

70% SEM/TEM/FIB/SQUID analysis: The Scientist will be required to exercise independent technical judgment including the participation in externally-funded research. The Scientist will be responsible for independent operation of complex laboratory instrument including but not limited to SEM, TEM, FIB and SQUID magnetometer instruments at the UR and external locations. They will serve as the subject matter expert on these instruments. Analyzes and evaluates experimental data and interprets results within the scope of externally-funded projects; assesses the importance of findings in relation to the general research project.

20% Sample preparation: Research samples need to be prepared differently depending on the type of analysis being completed and the equipment being used. The Scientist will prepare rare samples for analysis according to the specification required for the equipment.

5% Student instruction: Create and document procedures for using UR equipment. Instruct lab members on the correct usage of UR equipment and supervise usage as necessary.

5% Other: Authorize repairs and performs maintenance on UR equipment in the Paleomagnetic Research Lab. Contacts and schedules machine usage at external institutions. Interface with Optics Department in materials for testing QDM magnetometer.

PhD in an appropriate discipline (Materials Science, Physics, Geology/Geophysics/Biology) required or MS with appropriate experience. Experience in sample preparation required. SEM/FIB/TEM techniques preferred. Must be able to drive to other local universities for analyses as needed (e.g. Cornell University).

Applications should upload a Cover Letter, CV, and provide contact information for three referees via